The Breastfeeding Festival 2011

Saturday 13th to Friday 19th August 2011

 in Ulverston, Cumbria, UK

2011 Festival Programme

All events are FREE

Saturday 13th August - Saturday 27th August

Breakfast in Bed and other portraits
, Ulverston Library, Kings Road, Ulverston (during library opening hours)
An exhibition of breastfeeding portrait prints by the American artist Samantha Weber (

Saturday 13th August


Breastfeeding Fair, in the Main Hall, Coronation Hall, County Square, Ulverston, 11am-4pm
Stalls from charities and campaign groups, and local businesses, with something for everyone. Stalls confirmed so far include: Tumble Tots, Rhythm Time, Grange Toy Library, Boudoir Pink, A Beautiful Mummy, Hypnobirthing, UK Association for Milk Banking (UKAMB), Cathy's Crafts UK, Booby and The Beads, Babies Bibs, and The Breastfeeding Network (BfN). There will also be information from Boobie Buddies, Lactivist, Lait D'Amour, Cumbria Real Nappy Campaign, Breastvest, Breastfeeding Manifesto, Little Pants, and Sugar Spice Baby. 

This event includes a fashion show, which will be starting at 2pm. We will be showing Apple Dumplings breastfeeding burlesque during the fashion show - thank you Virginia Howes for letting us show it for free. Please note that she isn't making any money from this song, but wants it promoted and shared as widely as possible.

 Sunday 14th August

Latching On: The Politics of Breastfeeding in America
, in the Meeting Room, Lanternhouse, Ulverston, 10am
A screening of the documentary film by Katja Esson, distributed by Women Make Movies (, followed by a discussion of the issues raised in the film, with (via Skype) Sally Tedstone, Development Manager, Breastfeeding Manifesto Coalition.

Baby Friendly - what's it all about?, in the Meeting Room, Lanternhouse, Ulverston, 3pm
A talk by Shel Banks, Baby Friendly Co-ordinator, Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Monday 15th August

Kangaroo Mother Care
, in the Meeting Room, Lanternhouse, Ulverston, 10am
A talk (via Skype) by Jill Bergman, author of 'Hold Your Premie', about skin-to-skin contact for parents of premature babies.

Milk Banking and Milk Sharing, in the Meeting Room, Lanternhouse, Ulverston, 3pm
A talk by Gillian Weaver, Chair of UK Association for Milk Banking (UKAMB). Milk Banks supply donor
breastmilk to babies in Neonatal Intensive Care Units.

 Tuesday 16th August

Pregnancy Pampering
, in the Meeting Room, Lanternhouse, Ulverston, 10am
Come along and be pampered for free! Local professionals including Cheryl Lee-Appleby and Miranda Goacher from Ulverston Natural Health Centre in The Gill (massage), Helen Rice (massage and hand reflexology), and Tracy Jane Jackson of Apothegreen (skin care). Belly henna, head and shoulder massage, shoulder and feet massage, and ask for a demonstration of natural skin care.

Birth Art, in the Meeting Room, Lanternhouse, Ulverston, 2pm
A workshop led by Kate Gray. All materials provided. Birth Art is an intuitive visual representation of whatever is going on in the mother, partner, friend, etc. to prepare for the birth of a new baby.  It can be as abstract, interpretive, figurative, or literal as the artist decides to make it!  A positive birth encourages a positive breastfeeding experience. No art skills are needed. It is a women-only workshop for pregnant or breastfeeding mothers and mothers of any age who have given birth in any way to children.

 Wednesday 17th August

The Role of the Father in Breastfeeding
, in the Meeting Room, Lanternhouse, Ulverston, 10am
A recorded talk by Jarold (Tom) Johnston, IBCLC, Certified Nurse Midwife and Lactation Consultant. This is the talk Tom gave to the GOLD conference, run by Health e-Learning, screened free with permission from Tom and Health e-Learning.

This excellent talk covers fathers' rights historically in childbirth, and has lots of excellent research about the importance of the father's role as a breastfeeding coach. It is very accessible, and would benefit everyone - lactation consultants, parents, and parents-to-be! It is a great introduction to the talks that make up the annual GOLD conferences (Global Online Lactation Discussion). GOLD is run by Health e-Learning, which has some excellent free lectures from past GOLD conferences, as well as lots of great courses for lactation consultants.

Fathers' Breastfeeding Workshop, at Ulverston Children's Centre, Lund Terrace, Ulverston, 3pm
A workshop for fathers and fathers-to-be, by Sean Lancaster, Family Learning Assistant, Action for Children. This will include a screening of the short film 'Dads and breastfeeding - the best support a mum can get', commissioned by the Tameside Community Regeneration Team and the Primary Care Trust were a partner. The film was produced and directed by Gaby Jeffs of Magneto Films. Gaby is also an NCT Breastfeeding Counsellor and Photographer.

Thursday 18th August

Baby-Led Weaning
, in the Meeting Room, Lanternhouse, Ulverston, 10am
A workshop by Gill Rapley (via Skype), co-author of 'Baby-led weaning: Helping your baby to love good food'

Elimination Communication, in the Meeting Room, Lanternhouse, Ulverston, 3pm
A workshop on nappy-free babies - speaker TBC.

Friday 19th August

Baby Bumpkin
, in the Meeting Room, Lanternhouse, Ulverston, 10am
Baby yoga with Marie Wynn, Tatty Bumpkin North Cumbria, in two sessions as follows:
10am: Baby Bumpkin 1 (8 weeks to crawling)
11am: Baby Bumpkin 2 (crawling to 2 years)
There are places for 15 mums/carers per class with only 1 baby no siblings unless twins/multiples. E-mail or phone 01229 587 588 to guarantee your place, or turn up on the day.

Breastfeeding in Public, in the Meeting Room, Lanternhouse, Ulvesrton, 3pm
A workshop, with Karen Butterfield, co-organiser, The Breastfeeding Festival.